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June 16, 2011

Pajamas Media » ATMs and Other Machines are Exempt from ObamaCare.

LOLZ! At a time when the President laments the use of automation taking away jobs from the proletariat…. I have a huge “Heh” for this one….

  1. Michael Eaton permalink
    June 17, 2011 9:10 am

    Fact check:

    “the shift to more automated production predates the Great Recession. And in the long run, better technology lowers prices, raises living standards and helps workers move into higher-paying jobs. This was the case with the mechanization of farming, which a century ago employed 41 percent of the American work force.”

    “But with the rising costs of hiring, companies like Vista are finding ways to use capital to replace workers whose jobs are relatively routine”

    “Since the recovery began, businesses’ spending on employees has grown 2 percent as equipment and software spending has swelled 26 percent…With equipment prices dropping, and tax incentives to subsidize capital investments, these trends seem likely to continue.”

    “New jobs, he says, are coming at the bottom of the economic pyramid, jobs in the middle are being lost to automation and outsourcing, and now job growth at the top is slowing because of automation.
    “There is no reason to think that technology creates unemployment,” Professor Autor said. “Over the long run we find things for people to do. The harder question is, does changing technology always lead to better jobs? The answer is no.”

    Huh. Seems Obama was right. Garsh…

  2. June 18, 2011 2:54 pm

    Um. Dude. I think in your big rush to prove the President was RIGHT!!!111!!1!1eleven!!11!!!, you kinda missed the point. No one was arguing that automation wasn’t replacing workers. They were arguing as to why we’re not seeing businesses hire during this awesome economic recovery we were promised. Businesses do not exist simply to give people jobs. The jobs are the benefit of businesses existed and making profit, unlike the government I might add.

    So they’re always looking to cut costs while maintaining productive output, hopefully increasing productive output. So as the wonderful progressive nanny-staters continue to find ways to push a “social safety net” onto businesses, said businesses look to cut their long-term (and short term) costs. Automation, after the initial capital investment and routine maintenance, will be more profitable than paying for all the associated costs of an individual.

    Just as the President learned that there were no “Shovel Ready™” jobs standing by just longing for some stimulus cash, he’s gonna learn that his political and economic theories will equally prove as fruitful.

    I remember someone telling me that when the U.S. and the West had gotten rid of bombardiers from their bombers, the Soviets continued to employ them. When I asked why they would do something silly like that, it was so that those people won’t loose their jobs and they could remain employed. How many UAW members retain their jobs despite the automation that replaced them? Hmmm.

    Meh. Just keep on going down this road. It’s paved with gold, we promise. The United States has never faltered or failed before….. so what if we continue to eat our inheritance, it’s never ran out!

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